H D - S E N S E I
A view on Hi-def DVDs by Gary W. Tooze
Introduction: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 7500 DVDs and have reviewed over 3000 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.
Although I never wanted to become one of those guys who
focused 'too much' on image and sound quality - I
find HD is swiftly pushing me in that direction. So be
it, but film will always be my first love and I list my
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Gary W. Tooze
The World's Fastest Indian [Blu-ray]
(Roger Donaldson, 2005)
Review by Gary Tooze
Feature Runtime: 2:07:00
Feature film disc size: 20.5 Gig
One dual-layered disc
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: February 13th, 2007
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Video codec: MPEG-2
• Commentary with director Roger Donaldson
Product Description: In the late 1960’s, after a lifetime of perfecting his classic Indian motorcycle, Burt sets off from the bottom of the world, Invercargill, New Zealand, to clock his bike at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. With all odds against him, Burt puts his irrepressible kiwi spirit to the test, braving the new world on a shoestring budget. He makes fast friends of many he encounters along the way who find themselves swept up in his energy and singular determination. Burt’s quest culminates in an unlikely conclusion and remains legendary within the motorcycle community to this day....
But while supposedly Oscar-worthy films can often be far too worthy in the pejorative sense, New Zealand-based writer-director Roger Donaldson’s film is an appealing labour of love. Donaldson, an Australian who moved to Kiwi-land when he was 20 years old, just two years before Munro set his land-speed record and became a national hero, has imbued his film with a winning streak of optimism. That optimism partly arises from the type of man Munro was, a never-say-die, good-natured kind of fella. Beyond that, however, Donaldson has plotted an unflaggingly positive turn of events — something largely out of fashion in cinema in our cynical modern age — which time and again he uses to cleverly wrong-foot the viewer.
Excerpt from Empire Magazine in the UK located HERE
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were ripped directly from the Blu-ray disc.
The World’s Fastest Indian was projected theatrically at 2.35:1. However, this Blu-ray has an aspect ratio of 1.78:1 with the support the director Roger Donaldson. I think I'd prefer to see it as it was shown in the cinema with some of those great desert vistas presumably looking quite impressive. Anyway, despite a 'lesser' MPEG-2 encoding the image quality of this dual-layered Blu-ray (feature taking up 20.5 Gig) is very strong. Detail, contrast, colors and minimal noise all seem well above average. the expandable screen captures below can probably do a better job of selling the image than I can. Suffice to say I was suitably impressed.
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September 25th, 2008